Video Released in Deadly North Hills Crash, Suspect Identified

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A 27-year-old woman with a prior DUI was identified Tuesday as the suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed one person and sent four more to the hospital in North Hills over the weekend, authorities said.

Maritza Joana Lara, of Van Nuys, is suspected of running a red light in a white Lexus IS200 and crashing into a black Nissan Murano early Sunday morning at the intersection of Haskell Avenue and Parthenia Street, with the crash resulting in the death of the Nissan’s driver, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Francisco Hernandez Rivas, 48, was the North Hills resident killed in the crash, authorities said ealier in the week.

Passengers from both vehicles were taken to local hospitals with “severe” injuries, LA police said.

The LAPD also released surveillance video of the deadly crash, with the video showing the white vehicle breaking a red light and crashing into the black truck. A short time later, the video shows a woman walking away from the crash site.

Authorities previously said they found a crack pipe and a beer can in the white Lexus, which Lara allegedly fled after the crash. Lara failed to render aid to the injured people, the LAPD said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Valley Traffic Detective II Sinclair #39576 or Detective III Fuentes #35607 at 818-644-8035. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should contact the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to

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